Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

Online - 2020/09/01
Modules
01 - Respiratory Disease
2020/09/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the importance of a detailed and thorough physical examination
  • Integrate a dyspnea algorithm into your investigations of respiratory disease
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of diagnostic aids in the investigation of respiratory disease: radiography, endoscopy, ultrasonography and cytology
  • Consolidate your knowledge of upper and lower airway diseases, as well as parenchymal and pleural space diseases
  • Familiarize yourself with the principles of primary and ancillary respiratory therapeutics

Speaker: Susana Silva

02 - Endocrinology I
2020/10/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Gain a footing in the underlying principles of endocrine anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs and diagnostic approaches to canine and feline endocrine disorders such as:
    • Hypo- and hyperadrenocorticism – common and uncommon presentations
    • Hypo- and hyperthyroidism
    • Primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism
  • Understand the basis of medical and (where appropriate) surgical management of diseases affecting the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands

Speaker: Nick Bexfield

03 - Endocrinology II
2020/11/02 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology and clinical signs associated with endocrine pancreatic disease, including insulinoma
  • Describe the investigation and management of diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis in dogs and cats
  • Gain an understanding of the causes of failure to control diabetes, and the proper approach to unstable diabetic patients
  • Understand the pathophysiology of pituitary endocrine diseases
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs, investigation and management of pituitary endocrine disease in dogs and cats

Speaker: Nick Bexfield

04 - Clinical Pathology
2021/01/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the rationale behind the selection of appropriate tests for your patients
  • Consider the range of different sampling techniques and sample processing techniques, and identify factors that may affect them
  • Become familiar with the clinical pathology of hepatobiliary and renal disease
  • Structure your approach to anemia so as to differentiate between non-regenerative and regenerative types before determining possible underlying causes
  • Transform your understanding of hemostasis to enable you to determine when, why and how it goes wrong
  • Use your knowledge to interpret laboratory data from clinical patients, to help you prioritize further investigations

Speaker: Nick Bexfield

05 - Medical Neurology
2021/01/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Update your understanding of the principles of functional neuroanatomy
  • Become adept at thorough and systematic neurological examination for the purpose of localizing lesions
  • List and understand further diagnostic techniques available for investigating neurological disease
  • Review the investigation and management of common neurological syndromes
  • Understand the steps involved in investigating the etiology of seizures in dogs and cats
  • Improve your ability to manage seizures in emergency situations, and in the longer term

Speaker: Raquel Monteiro Trevail

06 - Immunology
2021/02/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn the basis of immune functions and the immune response, in order to better understand the pathophysiology of immune-mediated disease
  • Develop your diagnostic approach to common immune-mediated diseases in small animals
  • Transform your understanding of the basis of therapy for immune-mediated diseases
  • Discuss the use of common immunosuppressive therapies

Speaker: James Swann

07 - Medical Oncology
2021/02/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn to understand the principles of tumor biology and staging
  • Formulate a general investigative approach to cancer patients
  • Develop your understanding of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgical oncology
  • Familiarize yourself with the therapeutic management of common canine and feline neoplasms
  • Enable yourself to recognize and manage common oncological emergencies

Speaker: Ana Lara

08 - Cardiovascular I
2021/03/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Extend your understanding of the principles and importance of a physical examination in patients with suspected cardiac disease
  • Familiarize yourself with the principles of electrocardiography
  • Integrate your understanding of approaches to electrocardiographic interpretation, to improve your ability to identify common arrhythmias
  • Improve your ability to evaluate thoracic radiographs in reference to cardiac patients
  • Understand the basic principles of echocardiography and its role in the diagnosis of cardiac disease

Speaker: Kieran Borgeat

09 - Cardiovascular II
2021/05/03 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognize and understand the events involved in the pathophysiology of cardiac failure
  • Learn to define systolic and diastolic failure
  • Appreciate species-based differences in prevalence of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases
  • Learn to describe the major congenital cardiac diseases in dogs and cats
  • Transform your understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of acquired valvular, myocardial and pericardial diseases
  • Familiarize yourself with the therapeutic options, and their applications, for patients with cardiac disease
  • Learn how to manage emergency cardiac patients for improved outcomes

Speaker: Kieran Borgeat

10 - Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
2021/06/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with a thorough and systematic approach to the assessment of the major body systems in critically ill patients
  • Enhance your understanding of the minimum database and its interpretation
  • Implement your assessment of your patients when considering their fluid, electrolyte and transfusion requirements
  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of critical patient monitoring
  • Learn to recognize imminent cardiopulmonary arrest more promptly
  • Learn how to select and apply both basic and advanced life support
  • Learn the best approach to the acute management of dyspneic patients

Speaker: Simon Tappin

11 - Canine Infectious Diseases
2021/07/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Compile a list of the major infectious diseases in dogs
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of common canine infectious diseases
  • Familiarize yourself with the clinical signs of significant imported diseases occurring in dogs
  • Understand the principles of vaccination and vaccination regimes
  • Understand the steps involved in the Pet Travel Scheme
  • List notifiable diseases in dogs

Speaker: Simon Tappin

12 - Feline Infectious Diseases
2021/09/01 |

Learn approaches to the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment and management of common viral diseases in cats, including FeLV, FIV, FIP and respiratory infections.

  • Diagnose and treat hemoplasma infections
  • Learn to explain diseases of hunting cats, including toxoplasmosis, pox virus, mycobacterial disease and salmonellosis
  • Learn approaches to enteric infections of cats, including protozoal disease (trichomonas fetus, cryptosporidium, giardia and isospora) and bacterial/viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinics, shelters and catteries 

Speaker: Kerry Simpson

13 - Urology I
2021/10/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the diagnostic techniques available for investigating urinary disease
  • Delve into the details of the pathophysiology of acute and chronic renal failure, glomerular disease and proteinuria
  • Develop your investigative approach to renal disease
  • Improve your therapeutic management of such cases

Speaker: James Swann

14 - Urology II
2021/11/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe and understand the factors involved in the development of crystalluria and urolithiasis in cats and dogs
  • Understand the principles of management of lower urinary tract disease in cats and dogs
  • Explore the often complicated management of FLUTD and urethral obstruction
  • Examine the possible causes of urinary incontinence, and their diagnosis and management
  • Classify canine prostatic diseases, and understand their pathogenesis, diagnosis and medical management

Speaker: Joana Aguiar

15 - Dermatology
2022/01/03 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a problem-solving approach to skin diseases
  • Describe the steps involved in dermatological examination of cats and dogs
  • List and understand the techniques used for the laboratory investigation of skin disease, and when they should be used
  • Recommend rational problem-solving approaches to the investigation and treatment of:
    • Alopecia
    • Pruritus
  • Become familiar with the common presentations of bacterial, parasitic and fungal skin disease
  • Identify common dermatological manifestations of systemic disease, and their pathogenesis

Speaker: David Shearer

16 - Ophthalmology
2022/02/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Review common ophthalmic examination techniques:
    • Basic neuro-ophthalmological examination
    • Ophthalmoscopy: distant direct, close direct & indirect
    • Correct use of Fluorescein for corneal evaluation
    • Tonometry and gonioscopy
  • Gain a footing in current ocular therapeutics: what do you need to have on your pharmacy shelf?
  • Familiarize yourself with the medical management of common ocular conditions
  • Identify the ocular manifestations of systemic diseases
  • Learn to recognize common ocular conditions that require surgery

Speaker: Sally Turner

17 - Cytology
2022/03/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of cytological sample collection, storage and preparation
  • Perfect your ability to describe the principles of routine cytological examination, and how this informs a cytological diagnosis
  • Develop your hematological skills by learning to adeptly interpret both normal and abnormal hemograms, identifying
    reticulocytes and discovering platelet and white cell abnormalities
  • Transform your understanding of the different cytological characteristics of effusions, aspirates and lavage samples
  • Familiarize yourself with some of the conditions most commonly diagnosed by cytology

Speaker: Marta Costa

18 - Diagnostic Imaging
2022/04/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the principles of radiography, radiology and the significance of radiation protection
  • Gain an increased appreciation of the use of contrast radiography in a variety of situations and using a variety of techniques
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging
  • Familiarize yourself with the basic principles of advanced imaging
  • Compare and contrast CT and MRI as diagnostic tools

Speaker: Randi Drees

19 - Gastroenterology I
2022/06/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop your understanding of deglutition and dysphagia
  • Familiarize yourself with the pathophysiology of:
    • Regurgitation
    • Acute and chronic vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Enhance your diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal abnormalities
  • Describe the principles and basic use of endoscopy in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease, and when it is indicated

Speaker: Scott Kilpatrick

20 - Gastroenterology II
2022/07/01 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the pathophysiology of hepatic and hepatobiliary disease
  • Devise a systematic diagnostic approach to jaundiced patients
  • Perfect your investigative approach to suspected hepatobiliary disease
  • Understand the pathophysiology of exocrine pancreatic disease
  • Describe the investigative approach to acute and chronic exocrine pancreatic diseases
  • Discuss the therapeutic options for hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases

Speaker: Scott Kilpatrick